Class Agenda #118 – “Hamlet” – Act 4.4 II

Class Agenda #118- Hamlet – Act 4.4 II

Homework- Charles will Check Your HW- Summarizing Scenes

Opener- Watch Meeting Fortinbras and Hamlet’s 5th Soliloquy

Journal- Respond to the prompt in 2-3 sentences. Be sure to use a clear piece of evidence and tie the evidence to your point.

How is Fortinbras a foil to Hamlet? 

  1. Most of us have heard the word “foil” used in a literary context, and when used to describe a character, it means that that character serves to highlight one or more attributes of another character, often the protagonist, by providing a contrast. In the Harry Potter series, Draco Malfoy is a foil to Harry Potter.

Song- “Waves” Electric Guest (2012, 3:07)

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    SLT- I Can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.

    What stands out about this SLT again?

  • Mini-Lesson – 5 Minutes
    • Class Read Aloud- Hamlet’s Soliloquy
    • Act 4.4- Page 97
      • As We Read: Text Code
        • HighLight sections that connect to one of our major plot points
        • underline vocabulary words
      • Share Out Text Codes.

Pair Work- 8 Mintes

In groups of 2- Paraphrase the selections from the text in the box.

In The Notes Box- Explain which Central Idea this quote is best connected to.

Share the Pairs- 5 Minutes

  • Pair up with another pair.
  • Share your work
  • If there are differences, discuss what they were.

Class Share

Discussion Questions- To Be Done Individually or in pairs.

  • To what occasions is Hamlet referring in his opening line, “How all occasions do inform against me” (line 34)?

    What effect are these events having on Hamlet?

    Based on your answer to the question above, what does the phrase inform against mean as it is used in this sentence?

    How does Shakespeare develop Hamlet’s character in lines 33–41?

    What two possible reasons does Hamlet give in line 42 for not having made a decision? Use the explanatory notes for the definitions of bestial oblivion and craven scruple.

    Hamlet describes his lack of action as “but one part wisdom / And ever three parts coward” in lines 44–46. What does this phrase reveal about Hamlet’s character in relation to the central idea of revenge?

    Who is the “delicate and tender prince” to whom Hamlet refers in line 51?

    How does Hamlet describe Fortinbras, his actions, and his goals in lines 50–56 (from “Witness this army of such mass and charge” through “To all that fortune, death, and danger dare / Even for an eggshell”)?

    How do these descriptions reveal Hamlet’s attitude toward Fortinbras?

    What is the meaning of “Rightly to be great / Is not to stir without great argument” (lines 56-57)?

  • According to Hamlet’s definition of what it means to be great, is he great or not? What evidence from the play supports your answer?

    What does Hamlet mean when he says he has “a mother stained” (line 60)?

    What is the relationship between “this army” that Hamlet mentions in line 50 and the “twenty thousand men” he mentions in line 63?

    Based on Hamlet’s definition of greatness in lines 56–59, is Fortinbras great?

    How does Hamlet’s expression of shame in line 62 develop central ideas that Shakespeare introduced earlier in the play?

    Homework-

    Finish Discussion Questions. Pay special attention to those in Bold.

  • Standards

    1) I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors).

    2) I can Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

    I can Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed)

    I can initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

    I can demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

    Hamlet full text-

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